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Stakeholder and community engagement

Engagement refers to the wide range of ways that organisations connect with their communities and other stakeholders.

Engagement can be difficult, fraught with misunderstanding.

Our engagement style is characterised by the following: we understand communities, we take time to understand the context, we design appropriate approaches, we build trust and we use plain English.

Our team has highly regarded engagement specialists, who offer the following services:

  • Community and stakeholder analysis
  • Design and delivery of engagement strategy and plans
  • On ground engagement with community and stakeholders
  • Analysis, evaluation and reporting on engagement activities
  • Engagement training for staff.

Team

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Principal

B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Jencie McRobert

Jencie McRobert

Associate

B.Sci., Grad.Dip.Eco., Assoc.App.Sci.

Jencie understands the science and economics of natural resource management and has grounded and practical experience in soils, mixed farming and viticulture. She has highly developed skills in evaluation of agricultural and natural resource management programs, business case writing, greenhouse emissions analysis and sustainable resource use, and catchment management.  Jencie knows and appreciates the issues affecting communities in rural and regional Australia.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Steph Drum

Steph Drum

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Steph has specific skills and experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, stakeholder and community engagement, policy and strategy development and evaluation. She has broad ranging experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs. Steph combines her technical NRM knowledge with her expertise in building community capacity to develop tailored approaches to delivering and evaluating both environmental and social outcomes.

Trent Wallis

Trent Wallis

Senior Consultant

BSc, MEnvSt, GDipPD(EnvSt)

Trent has a strong background in environmental planning and natural resource management, with particular expertise in waterway management and planning. He is also experienced in community and stakeholder management. He has a strong understanding of the importance of genuine engagement to ensure project buy-in and support. He has worked with, and led, integrated project teams, stakeholder and community project committees, forums and working groups, technical expert groups, as well as a range of other engagement and influencing processes, all tailored to the project and the audience.

Clinton Muller

Clinton Muller

Senior Consultant

M.Sust.Ag., B.Bus. (Hons), B.A.

Clinton has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, with a specialist focus on horticulture and intensive production systems. With a strong agricultural industry focus, Clinton has worked across a range of agricultural commodities and natural resource management issues in Australia and internationally.  Clinton’s diverse range of capacities including program design and management, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, monitoring evaluation and reporting, extension, facilitation, action research and science communication.

Jaclyne Scally

Jaclyne Scally

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Env.Mgt.) (Hons)

Jaclyne has experience in strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, community based natural resource management and social research. Her projects have involved environment and sustainability planning for local government, estuary management planning, program evaluations and communication and engagement strategies for government departments. Jaclyne has a passion for working with communities to achieve practical outcomes for the environment.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.

Sophie Lapsley

Sophie Lapsley

Vegetable Industry Education & Training Initiative Coordinator

B.Sci.Ag.Lan.Man. (Hons), Dip.Bus.Mgt.

Sophie has extensive experience in private and public companies complimented with the successful operation of two privately owned companies. This has included roles in the Agricultural Sector, Quality Management, Operations & Business Management and Accounting enabling her to develop skills in many areas including; Lean Management, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Education & Training, WHS, Project Management, and Soil & Plant Nutrition.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec has skills and knowledge in the socio-environmental aspects of natural resource management, integrated water management, agriculture and regional development. She has been involved in a variety of projects with a focus on program evaluation, strategic planning and social research, primarily for government agencies. Her recent work has focussed on catchment and river health management, bushfire management planning, composts in agriculture and social research on drivers and barriers to landholder participation and compliance.

Jacqui Knee

Jacqui Knee

Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Jacqui works predominantly in the dairy industry. This work focuses on business planning, profitability and the efficient use of water and other natural resources on-farm, including dairy effluent. Clients include: farmers, state government agencies, dairy regional development programs and Dairy Australia. Her knowledge of business management helps businesses and rural industries understand trends and issues to make better decisions.

Dr Kristen Stirling

Dr Kristen Stirling

Senior Consultant

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Kristen is an experienced researcher and industry development specialist. She successfully combines project management skills and technical expertise to deliver projects in agriculture and water related industries. She enjoys working with landholders and large organizations to inform and clarify decision-making. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, stakeholder consultation and program evaluation.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

Morag Anderson

Morag Anderson

Consultant

BSc (Hons), Dip.Proj.Mgmnt

Morag is an experienced project manager, with a great ability to synthesise technical information and communicate it to a wide audience.  She has a great understanding of regulatory processes. She also brings critical thinking and an awareness of individual differences and needs to projects.  She has a science background with a broad understanding of environmental disciplines.